The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser


Coral Gables Art Cinema Sun, Jul 11 1:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, Jul 14 7:30 PM
Film Info
Country:West Germany
Release Year:1974
Director:Werner Herzog
Rating:Not Rated
Language:German with English subtitles
Format:2K DCP


One of Herzog's most beloved films is based upon the true mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note. He eventually managed to explain that he’d been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life, and only after decades was he released, for reasons still unknown. Hauser's benefactor attempts to integrate him into society with extremely intriguing results but the damaged man may not be able to escape his past after all. After the film's lead actor, Bruno S., passed away in 2010, Herzog remarked, "In all my films, and with all the great actors with whom I have worked, he was the best. There is no one who comes close to him. I mean in his humanity, and the depth of his performance, there is no one like him."

Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.